Beginner's Hackintosh Guide

This is a new page for us and an attempt to provide an introduction to those unfamiliar with Hackintoshes, their purpose, short-comings, and what you’ll need to get started.  This document is a work in progress.  Feel free to add comments accordingly to help us provide the clearest guide possible.

First of all, our goal here at Get Hackintoshed is to provide people with the clearest, simplest way of getting a successful machine up and running.  That means we’ve done quite a bit of the work for you, but there’s certain things you’ll want to think about before you begin.  Here’s our list:

1.  If you decide to build a hackintosh then that is YOUR decision and you alone are responsible for getting it up and running and maintaining it.  We provide instructional guides, parts lists, drivers, and other software for you to use, but we do not maintain a help support line.  It’s important you do your homework, follow instructions, and always have a backup!

2.  We have made every attempt to provide clear instructions.  Many of the guides have many steps and each should be followed exactly.  If you forget to update  your bios, or skip a step, or try something different before you have a working system, then you can and most likely will experience errors.  You’ve been warned.

3.  We provide parts lists (currently from Newegg.com).  We do this because this is one of the most critical parts of getting a hackintosh up and running.  Especially when considering a motherboard and video card, it is essential that you choose something with sufficient driver support.  We make suggestion here and try to backup each suggestion with the appropriate kext files to get your system running.  Go with at least a Core 2 Duo chip from Intel, 4 gigs of RAM and we suggest only Gigabyte motherboards.  Look at the Featured Machines posts for more info.

4.  If you’re looking for how to use an alternative Leopard distro that can be downloaded for free to get your system running you’ve come to the wrong place.  We do not condone pirated software in any form.  Apple can be criticized for their closed economy of software/hardware and their hardware is definitely expensive, but neither of these things make stealing ok.  Do your conscience a favor and buy a retail copy of Leopard on DVD.  You’ll feel better and you can use this site to help you get it all up and running.

5.  Backup backup backup!  If you are running the hackintosh as your main system, that’s fine and dandy.  We have several that we’ve named, watched grow up, and are excited to see working so well, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have all of our important files backed up.  One single software update could bring your system to its knees.  It’s sad, but it’s the truth and you won’t be getting any support from Apple, so do yourself a favor and have a backup of your important stuff.  Much better to take the step now and be safe than to lose all your precious digital photos and music down the road.

6.  At this time, we don’t support laptops, so don’t ask.  There are some pretty interesting things happening with laptops right now, especially the Dell mini 10 and any of the MSI Wind notebooks.  However, these laptops are severely limited as compared to the macbook pro variety.  Don’t expect the same performance out of them.  There are guides elsewhere on the net for doing this kind of thing.

7.  It is our hope to continually streamline the process of getting information, DVDs, tutorials, and even hardware out to the masses.  Bare with us as we go through this process.  Things change almost daily and we’ll do our best to keep everyone in the loop.  For now, wander around the site and check it out and leave feedback wherever.  We love hearing from you and hope you’ll find the info here useful.  Happy Hacking!

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